The University of Texas System, as authorized by the Legislature, owns and operates an nine-passenger aircraft. The aircraft is to be used by System faculty and staff in the conduct of official State business and its use is governed by State law and Regents' Rules and Regulations, 20601. The UT System aircraft is hangared at and operated out of Texas Department of Transportation Aviation Fleet Services (TXDOT) located adjacent to Austin Bergstrom International Airport.
Typical flights are within Texas, but the capability exists to fly anywhere in the United States. Special regulations apply to International (Mexico) travel and flights into Washington, D.C.
UT System has an ongoing commitments to safe operating practices and have been awarded Corporate Business Flying Safety Awards by the National Business Aviation Association.
An automated reservation process is used for reserving use of UT System and TXDOT aircraft. Individuals must receive supervisory approval and be trained in the use of the reservation process before being given access to the Aircraft Reservation System (logon required). A list of those individuals trained to use the system may be found at: https://department.utsystem.edu/cont/Air/WebConnectedDocuments/AircraftReservationSystemUsers.pdf. To become an authorized user, contact Amy Mitchell, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (512) 322-3728. A calendar of flights on UT System aircraft can be accessed by any UT System staff member by going to: https://apps.utsystem.edu/utsplane/Logon.aspx UT System logon is required for access.
UT System employees in need of a car rental at a FBO should refer to the UT System Car Rental web page for reservation information. Specific procedures must be followed and advance notice is required to ensure that vehicle delivery and return processes are handled efficiently. Employees must have established UT System car rental membership numbers in order to rent a vehicle at a FBO.
UT institution employees in need of a rental car at a FBO may contact Aircraft Operations for additional information.
TXDOT Aviation Division maintains a fleet of aircraft that is also available for our use. We encourage faculty and staff to utilize these aircraft when appropriate criteria are met. Available TXDOT aircraft include: Beechcraft King Air 200; Cessna TU206, and special purpose aircraft.
Each requested flight must be approved by an authorized approver.
Texas Government Code § 2205.036(b) PROHIBITS use of State aircraft if the passenger is to be transported to or from a place where the passenger:
The UT System aircraft is a Beechcraft King Air 350, a fuel efficient dual turbo prop which seats a maximum of 9 passengers.
Information about the King Air 350 should be reviewed prior to your flight by going to: Preflight
UT System pilots, Jeff Perkins and Dave Crosby, along with Amy Mitchell, Senior Administrative Associate, manage flight schedules, complete flights for UT System, coordinate maintenance, oversee reporting and compliance, and administer day-to-day processes with the safety of passengers and aircraft as the primary focus. The Aircraft Operations team reports to Randy Wallace, Associate Vice Chancellor, Controller and Chief Budget Officer.
To quote a frequent flyer, "It’s the best airline in the business…..no delays…no lost luggage….great crew!!"
For questions about policies and the use of System aircraft, contact Amy Mitchell, at email@example.com or (512) 322-3728.